So, the aftermath of the burglary continues. Today, a couple of N's co-workers, one of whom's name importantly starts with A, knocks on the door while I am at school.
Someone's boyfriend was going through a dumpster in Waianae, which is a town on the far western (leeward) shore of Oahu, about 30 miles away, looking for recyclables and found a garbage bag full of stuff. Stuff including N's cell phone, driver's license, and passport. N had just gotten the passport because she might be traveling abroad for work soon (Guam). The person then called the first name in N's cell and reported that she had found this stuff. The co-workers then couldn't call N, since the cell phone was in Waianae and we had disconnected it on Saturday, so they came by in person.
After speaking with the Waikiki police, we ended up driving to Waianae to meet them and pick up those few things. Credit cards were gone and a couple smoothie cards, but the other cards and IDs were there. The couple who returned this stuff live in a van. She was carrying 3-month old as she spoke with us.
There were a few things that were not ours in the bag as well, so we called the Waianae police to come out, gave them the not-ours stuff, and gave our third police report in 2 days. The other items included things like a hotel room key, so to all appearances someone living in Wainae is canvassing Waikiki, a conclusion which probably describes half of the petty theft cases on Oahu. (At least the Waikiki part.) There seems to be about a 95% chance that our stuff was returned by an honorable young family living in a van, but we left the police there with them, and I assume they will check out the 5% possibility.
Assuming the story is true, it's amazing luck. Someone 30 miles away just happens to be going through a dumpster, notices some stuff, and then takes the time to contact us? All within 48 hours of the crime?! With the return of the IDs, my laptop has become the biggest casualty of the burglary.
Time will tell.